aily online fantasy sports websites are facing growing scrutiny and pressure as more and more allegations of unfair practices begin to surface. Class action suits have been filed in Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New York, and Florida, and they claim that DraftKings and FanDuel are trading secrets with one another.
Are DraftKings And FanDuel Rigged?
An investigation by The New York Times revealed that a DraftKings employee released confidential data right before winning $350,000 on the FanDuel website. Many are now accusing this employee and many other employees from both sites of using the data they analyzed from their own workplaces to create winning fantasy teams on their competitor’s websites. The practice is being compared to insider trading, and it isn’t the only cheat both sites are being accused of.
What Other Cheats Are They Using?
The class action lawsuit that Colson Hick Eidson lawyer Patrick Montoya—alongside the Lagos & Priovolos Law Firm—claims that FanDuel and DraftKings have allowed special elite players to use custom programs to augment their winnings. These programs—sometimes called robots—accumulate the best picks for these elite players before regular players have a chance to click on their choices, leaving normal players stuck with underperforming draft choices.
“While any player may get lucky on the back of a handful of entries into defendants’ DraftKings’ and FanDuel’s games, over time nearly all of the prize money flows to a tiny elite equipped with elaborate statistical modeling and automated tools…” The lawsuit alleges.
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